Friday 8th November
Welcome back to Term 2 - the winter temperatures have certainly set in and this seems a good time for a reminder that children really do need their winter coats every day. School hats and gloves are available from the office should you need them.
It has been lovely to welcome the children back to school - all rested for another busy term.
We have started our new topic Mighty Metals. This week, we have been exploring forces and materials. The children made their own spinners to identify which material made a better surface and whether height and weight made a difference to the spin. We have also started designing and making carts with wheels and axles. We will set up a fair test next week to race them which I am sure will be lots of fun.
In Numeracy we have been learning how to do column addition. All children have picked up the method quickly and I am really pleased with the progress they have made. We will carry this on next week. I'm hoping many of you will have seen the orange homework folder your child should have brought home on Wednesday. This week, there are some column addition questions along with an example on the back. This is non-compulsory and there is no deadline. However, I would really welcome children to have a go as regular practise with any new method is a positive. I will always send homework home that links to our class learning and that I feel children should be able to do. If your child struggles with this, please return it to me with a little note and don't force them to do it. It's good for me to know if they can't do it. When your child completes some / all of it, please return to me so I can mark it. Many thanks.
In Literacy this week we have started to read the Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We have been learning about personification and the children wrote their own prediction of what happens next in the story. I am really pleased with the progress the children are making with their writing.
Spellings for next Thursday: the 'y' makes the 'ee' sound at the end of a 2/3 syllable word:
actually, early, history, probably, history,
They have had a lovely morning at forest school today. Thank you for sending in the warm layers.
Have a lovely weekend. See you on Monday and looking forward to our trip to The Science Museum next Friday - meeting at Hildenborough Station at 9:15
Very well done children for making it to end of Term 1 and for such an excellent term of work. We are very proud of you all and thank you for making Term 1 so much fun.
A huge thank you to all the children and parents for my incredible birthday gift. What a wonderful surprise! I feel extremely spoilt by you all and I am very much looking forward to my afternoon tea in London. What a treat!
This last week of term really has been a celebration of our topic Heroes and Villains with lots of interesting visitors telling us about real life heroes. The children were all fascinated and had so many questions. A big thank you to all our visitors for making our last week of learning so interesting.
Thank you to all of you who were able to join us at Harvest Festival. It was a lovely way to end the term.
Next term we will be reading the book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes as our class text. If any of your children have their own copy of this book or would like to borrow it from the library, they are very welcome to bring it in. There are no new spellings over half term. During week 1 of Term 2, we will be reviewing all the Term 1 spellings.
Finally, I hope you all have a very restful and enjoyable half term.
See you on Monday 4th November.
Another busy week in class 3.
In Literacy, we have been working hard on the rules of direct speech and putting it into practise in our own writing. This has given us the full tool kit to write our own version of a traditional tale and these are coming on really nicely.
In Numeracy we are moving on from place value to addition and subtraction. This week we have understood that addition can be done in any order. We are still working hard on our timestables and are now learning our 4s and 8s.
In topic, we have created our own hero statues out of clay - I was amazed by the artistic skills in class. Next week, we are looking forward to having some real life heroes visit our class.
We are continuing with homophones this week and spellings are: berry, bury, brake, break, ball, bull, fair, fare
A reminder that Harvest festival is at 9am on Wednesday and you're very welcome to join us.
Have a lovely weekend
The Year 3 team
Friday 4 October
We have had a good week in Class 3.
In Numeracy we have been investigating doubling numbers. We have found out that if you double an even or an odd number you always end up with an even number. We are now counting and working with number sequences moving in steps of 4s and 8s which will help us with the 4 and 8 times tables.
In Literacy, we have been looking at a range traditional tales and the way that they are written. This has linked well to our hero and villain topic and next week we will be writing our own versions. We have also been learning about direct speech and how to use it accurately as there is a lot to remember. It would be fantastic if you could point out any examples of direct speech when your child is reading and ask them to change their voice.
In our topic time, we have been writing songs, learning about statues around the world and we have been busy preparing for our Blue Peter music badge. Thank you so much for all your help with the form filling and photos - it is hugely appreciated.
You will notice there are more spellings this week than usual as we are learning about homophones. Therefore the children have 4 pairs of words to learn: hear, here, main, mane, male, mail, knot, not. As always, we will be going over these in class daily.
As an additional homework this weekend, I would really like the children to find out about a famous inventor. Perhaps they would like to find out about who designed the telephone, the first train, the first plane or absolutely anything they may be interested in. If they could write a few notes and perhaps find a picture of the inventor that would be brilliant. We can then use this information to create a poster next week where I will be teaching the children how to use bullet points, titles, headings and subheadings.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Friday 27th September
Another busy week in class!
In Numeracy we have really been working hard on adding 1 more/ 1 less, 10 more/10 less and 100 more/100 less to a number. We have also been working on our 2s, 5s and 10s and we are now able to do this with mixed up questions which is fantastic. If you would like to practise at home I would really recommend Mrs J's Timestables cards or the online game Top Marks Daily 10 (your child will recongise it from class- we are now able to set the timer for 2s, 5s and 10s to 10 second intervals) Year 3's understanding of Place Value is coming on really well.
In Literacy, we have been learning about synonyms and antonyms by finding adjectives to describe a hero and an antonym suitable for a villain. We have also been looking at characterisation and created 30 different characters for a story. Today, we have worked on our comprehension skills and discussed how important it is to find the information from the text rather than use our own opinion.
This week Mrs Glover has been brave. We got the musical instruments out and have started creating our own song about a hero! Obviously, we had to listen to some of Mrs Glover's favourite songs about heroes in order to do this. We are hoping to share this magical musical moment with you when you come to visit our class on 17th October!
Spellings this week are: earth, early, learn, heard, search
Have a lovely weekend
Friday 20th September, 2019
Another week has whizzed by! The Roald Dahl Day was a huge success and we had lots of fun in class looking at Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Thank you for all your support with the array of wonderful costumes.
In Literacy, we have been working hard to improve our descriptive writing by not only using adjectives but also adverbs and similes. The children have written some fantastic riddles using these descriptive devices. Today we wrote riddles about a person which caused much hilarity in class. The children wrote excellent clues, always starting with a really hard one that made it impossible to guess. I am so impressed by the handwriting in Year 3.
In Numeracy we have been comparing numbers and looking at 1 more, 1 less and 10 more 10 less then a given number in the hundreds. The children were learning to count in 50s which they all enjoyed....who knew we did the 50 times table in school! We have also been working on our 5 times table and trying to get it on the tip of our tongues. Again, any support with this at home would be most welcome. Next Friday, I would like to test the children on their 2s, 5s and 10s mixed.
We now have new table names each week which link to our topic. This week they were named after famous women in history so we have been researching Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, Emmeline Pankhust and Margaret Thatcher.
Well done to everyone for all their hard work this week. I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I will see you on Monday.
Friday 13th September
Thankfully, Friday 13th has been a very smooth and happy day in Class 3, much like the rest of the week!
Thank you to all that came to the Curriculum Meeting on Tuesday. It was a pleasure to talk to you about our exciting year ahead. I am attaching the powerpoint that I showed which highlights our timetable and the curriculum topics for the year ahead.
We had a wonderful start to the week with our very successful trip to The National Portrait Gallery. It was a pleasure to take the class to London and I was proud in the way they represented Chiddingstone School. We saw many portraits of both heroes and villains and the trip has inspired our learning for the term ahead. This week, we have been looking at Kings, Queens and Leaders and so far we have looked at Henry VIII, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.
In numeracy, we have been revising odd and even numbers which has helped us successfully master the 2 times table... almost all the children can now recall the 2 times table number facts within 7 seconds! The target is 3 seconds - no pressure. We have also been partitioning numbers into thousands, hundreds, tens and units.
In Literacy, the children have been learning about using the past tense and they were able to practise this in their fantastic reports which are up on display about our trip to London. Everyone did really well in the spelling quiz on Thursday. The new spellings for this week are; they, obey, disobey, prey, grey
I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Enjoy the attached photos from our trip.
See you next week.
Friday 6th September
A very warm welcome to Class 3. It has been wonderful to see the children this week who are all looking healthy and relaxed after the summer break. We hope that you all had a lovely holiday. I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our Class Curriculum Meeting at 2:45 on Tuesday in the hall. In that meeting I will tell you all about the year ahead rather than in this class update. For those of you who are unable to make the meeting, I will send home a handout with your child.
This week we have enjoyed getting to know your children again. Everyone has settled well into the school routine including the change of lunch hour for ks2! I have said to the children that they are welcome to bring in an afternoon snack if they would like to as unfortunaly, KS2 do not have fruit provided.
We we have started our new topic Heroes and Villains, talking and writing about heroes in our own lives. We also researched Florence Nightingale as the first of many famous heroes. We are very much looking forward to our trip to The National Portrait
gallery on Monday. I’m hoping you have all received the details- all children to come to school as normal on Monday morning but we would be grateful if you could collect them from Hildenborough Station at 15:12.
Thank you to all of you who have carried on reading with your child and returned their books. We have a reading raffle in Class 3. On a Friday, any child who has read 5 times at home that week will be entered into the raffle to win a brand new book. It would be very helpful if you could sign their book and put an H and the date each time they read.....this includes reading to themsleves. I will talk this through more at out meeting.
Hopefully you will have have seen the orange GPS (grammar, punctuation, spelling) books. These will come home with your child each night but also need to come back to school each day. If they have time to practise, they can use their books or spare paper. They will be tested on a Thursday in the back of this book. There will always be a spellings rule which links to the spellings for the week and every child’s will have the same words. We practise them every day in class.
I hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. If you have any questions about Class 3 please do come and see me.
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